Wearable tech has become an integral part of our day-to-day life. These gadgets each add essential functionality. So, let’s take a look at the top 5 wearable gadgets that should top your shopping list.
5. Beats Studio Buds, $90
Let us start with something simple, truly wireless earbuds. And what better company to go with than the tried and tested Beats by Dr. Dre?
The now apple owned company launched its Beasts Studio Buds in 2021, and they come with active noise cancellation, 8 hours of battery life, full water, sweat resistance, and Siri functionality built-in.
The drivers on these bad boys are 8.2 mm, dual-element diaphragm drivers, with a two-chamber acoustic design. For those of you who don’t understand, it just means they are going to sound pretty darn good.
So, if you are looking for new earbuds for your workouts or just casual jamming sessions, these are a great choice. And don’t worry, even though Beats is now owned by Apple, these headphones work flawlessly on android phones as well.
4. Fossil Gen 5 LTE Touchscreen, $220
Smartwatches are common these days. And why shouldn’t they be, they offer great value as watches and even greater functionality.
The Fossil Gen 5 pushes that even a little bit further with built-in cellular capability. It is their first product in the wearable cellular market. This means that the Fossil Gen 5 doesn’t need a phone for it to work.
It directly uses an LTE connection provided by its partner Verizon. So, you can make calls and texts without needing your phone nearby.
Fossil Gen 5 is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 3100 platform and has Google’s Wear OS on it. It is a little on the pricey side but offers great freedom for anyone looking for an overall great cellular smartwatch.
3. Jlab JBuds Frames, $20
The Jlab JBuds for frames is an interesting piece of tech, but no one is sure if there is a market for them:
These are clip-on wireless speakers that attach to your glasses and offer you a wireless headphone experience. Meanwhile, for the unsuspecting onlooker, you will just look like a regular person wearing glasses.
These connect via Bluetooth to your device and offer stereo audio. These aren’t the first product of this type. Big companies like Bose, Amazon, and Razer already have similar offerings. But what makes Jbuds stand out is the price, $20!
2. Lenovo ThinkReality A3
Lenovo isn’t the first company to try doing Augmented Reality. But AR is making a comeback again as companies like Apple are working on their own similar device. Google didn’t really have great luck with their Google Lens project but maybe we are now ready to jump into the Augmented World.
The ThinkReality A3 is powered using a Qualcomm Snapdragon XR1 SoC. It was showcased at the Consumer Electronics Show 2021 and it managed to gain a lot of buzz around it. It can show up to five virtual 1080p displays and has an 8 MP camera that can give 1080p video. The headset can be connected to a PC or a mobile phone. It honestly looks like an exciting device.
1. Tap Strap 2, $149
For number one, we saved the weirdest. The Tap Strap 2 is a little hard to explain, but we will try our best. It is a wearable keyboard. You wear these wearable bead-like rings on your fingers and then by tapping or sliding your hand on a plain surface you can use them as an invisible keyboard or mouse.
These connect via Bluetooth to almost any device like your mobile phone, your TV, your PC, etc. Even though this device is great on paper. There is a huge learning curve to using this effectively to type, so be ready for that.